I love it when a planned day of fun yields an added delectable surprise.
That's what happened today when our merry band of Death Hags gathered to support good buddy Steve Goldstein at his Dark Delicacies book signing in Burbank to promote his awesome new book LA's Graveside Companion: Where The VIPs RIP.
Also on the dais was Scott Markus who presented the second revised and expanded edition of his book Voices from the Chicago Grave.
I started reading it soon after I got home tonight and am half-way finished already.
It covers three topics that I adore: cemeteries, ghost stories and Chitown. And then some, as stories are not limited to graveyards. They also include homes, farms, churches, asylums, parks and colleges.
The tightly written 300+ page turner is hard to put down because Scott doesn't just re-tell tales. He explores each lore and location's history, adds personal insight based on his own experiences while investigating these cases and puts everything into perspective by explaining why they're relevant.
Scott's book has a companion website; both grew out of an original documentary project, making it a multi-media experience.
What a happy surprise to meet Scott and encounter his book today. Lucky for us, Scott has recently moved here from Chicago and plans to start similiar projects focusing on Los Angeles and the Bay area ghosts.